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Meet APRIL PIAZZA! Our lovely Steel City Retro editor! We chose her for the cover to kick off 2013 and here are some reasons why:

What are your plans for 2013?
2013 is going to be a HUGE year of change! I plan on relocating and
traveling more than I ever have: to CA, CO, FL, and possibly South
America, the UK, and Spain. I’ve been a veterinary technician for
about 5 years, and I’m going to take a break from my career to think
about what I really want to do with the next few years of my life, and
where I want to live them. I also want to put a significantly larger
chunk of my time into my artistic endeavors (“modeling,” blogging,
etc.), and plan on submitting images and articles for publication in
other venues.

New Years resolutions?
I don’t generally make them, because I hate breaking promises – even
to myself! But this year, my goals are definitely attainable. I plan
on continuing to be disciplined with working on my over-all health,
which means getting regular exercise, eating healthfully, taking time
to relax, and working on constant positive-thinking. I tend to live my
life on-the-go. I throw myself head-long into work, personal projects,
and my social life and just don’t stop. So a lot of those things tend
to go by the wayside…NOT this year!

What are some ways you relax?
Expressing myself helps me work out frustrations and any weird energy
I might be feeling, so I poledance as part of my fitness regimen. It’s
intensely gymnastic and works all of your muscles, but especially your
core. Inverted (upsidedown) moves are my favorite, and the most
challenging. Singing also helps me relax, and I do it almost
anywhere…same with writing. Massages, mani/pedis, and getting my
hair done or played with are also ridiculously relaxing, but they
happen far less frequently and are definitely considered a luxury.

Style trends for you right now:
Just read Steel City Retro, you’ll see! 😉 Obviously, I love vintage
and vintage-inspired pieces. Personally, I’ve been into the 1950s
rockabilly thing lately. It can be hard to find pieces like that in
the LV, so I find a few basics (black pants, bandanas, leather
jackets) and make them my own with my hair and makeup. 1940s swing &
wiggle dresses are also must-haves.
What are a few of your favorites and why~

That’s a pretty long list…but Steven King’s “It” is very high up on
it. King is an amazing storyteller, and Pennywise the Clown is THE
stuff of my childhood nightmares. Maybe I’m a masochist, but I love
being scared. It’s exciting and cathartic at the same time. Other
faves include “The Hours” by Cunningham, “The Catcher in the Rye” by
Salinger, “Bitch” by Wurtzel, “The Virgin Suicides” by Eugenides,
“Lolita” by Nabokov, and “Freedom” by Franzen.

Quotes to live by:
“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” – Isaac Singer.
Simple, and to the point. To me, being kind means being generous with
oneself, being open-hearted and empathetic, and often considering
others’ needs before one’s own. It sometimes means putting oneself in
situations that might be uncomfortable or inconvenient, but ultimately
helpful to another human being. I’ve been hurt in the past by people
who were unkind to me, in that they lacked the ability to do those
things. So I understand the extreme value of being kind, and how
greatly it can impact other people…and on the flipside: how greatly
it can harm them.

Songs to get through a rough patch:
I could make a playlist – life is hard! But in recent history, “Blue
Dahlia” by Gaslight Anthem has been really helpful to me. The female
character Fallon is singing about talks about having scars and a
broken heart, but she also is brave and resilient. He asks her, “Are
you man enough to lay here?” and she responds, “I’m man enough, my
baby. Come see about me.” I love that. I’ve joked with my friends for
years that I’m a better “man” than the majority of the guys I know. My
dad was and is the perfect role model of what a man should be. He
raised me right. I don’t see a lot of the old-school bravery,
nobility, ambition, steadfastness, and character past generations have
exhibited in my generation or the next…but I’m still a
romantic. I believe there are good men out there.

Well there ya have it. Whatta gal, right?? Want more pics? OK!

Special thanks to Dave Hill of Homebase Skateshop for standing behind the screen and dumping confetti everywhere…

Special thanks to Crystal Olah of Eskandalo for cutting up all the confetti for us!

Hair by Alison Leigh of Eskandalo!

Wardrobe by April and Alison

Shot behind Val’s desk at Eskandalo haha



  1. CJ Matz says:

    Looks freakin’ awesome! Great job!

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